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    Seward declares state of emergency after heavy snowfall

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 23, 13:16

    Heavy snowfall caused the City of Seward to declare a state of emergency Saturday, according to a letter written by Seward city manager Jim Hunt. In the document, dated Jan. 21, Hunt said city crews were managing roads “as well as it can” and noted that emergency service areas had been cleared. The letter also […]

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    13 inches of weekend snow boosts Anchorage into record books

    by Associated Press on Jan 23, 12:36

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Winter conditions more closely associated with Alaska have returned to the state’s largest city after two years of low snowfall totals. National Weather Service meteorologist Rebecca Duell says Anchorage has received 23.8 inches of snow so far in January. That’s the second highest total for the start of a calendar year […]

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    Records fall as snow accumulates across Southcentral

    by Melissa Frey on Jan 22, 13:40

    The latest round of snow across southcentral Alaska is setting new records. The snow started falling in Anchorage around 6 p.m. Friday and continued to fall through Saturday night. As of 9 p.m., 12 inches of snow had fallen at the National Weather Service office in west Anchorage, with more on the way. Most of […]

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    Dangerous avalanche conditions for southern, western Kenai Mountains

    by Melissa Frey on Jan 22, 10:30

    Dangerous avalanche conditions are expected Saturday evening through Monday in the southern and western portions of the Kenai Mountains. That includes areas like Summit Lake, Carter Lake, Lost Lake Snug Harbor and Bear Creek. The Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center in Girdwood says the two to five feet of snow that fell on mountain […]

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    Snowfall in Southcentral creates hazardous driving conditions

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 21, 13:32

    Last updated at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 Several crashes were reported by Anchorage police during a snow storm that blanketed much of Southcentral Alaska, leading to safety advisories from city officials in Anchorage and elsewhere. “Locally heavy snowfall this morning producing hazardous travel conditions across portions of Southcentral Alaska this morning,” the National Weather […]

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    Temperatures drop to record levels, school canceled

    by Melissa Frey on Jan 18, 20:11

    As temperatures dropped Wednesday, new records were set in Alaska. Most of the Interior dropped to 50 to 60 below zero, including McGrath, which saw some of the coldest temperatures in five years. The official thermometer dropped to 53 degrees below zero, cold enough to cancel school. The principal of the school said 50 below […]

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    Coldest temperatures in several years recorded around Alaska

    by Rachael Penton on Jan 18, 14:35

    A statewide cold snap is underway in Alaska. Numerous locations through the central and western Interior recorded temperatures in range of minus 40 to minus 55. The Fairbanks International Airport recorded a temperature of 50 below zero for the first time since Jan. 29, 2012. Ralph M. Calhoun Memorial Airport in Tanana observed a temperature of […]

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    KTVA Weather Lab: Ravenwood Elementary School

    by Melissa Frey on Jan 17, 19:44

    In this week’s KTVA Weather Lab, I visited Ravenwood Elementary School, where the third-graders are learning all about meteorology. I also answered the KTVA Weather Lab Question of the Week: What is the most snow Alaska has ever had? Next week I’ll answer a weather question from Chester Valley Elementary School. Every Tuesday, Melissa Frey will take […]

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    Winter enthusiasts happy to have more snow this year

    by Melissa Frey on Jan 17, 19:39

    The storm may be over, but the snow is still fresh and conditions are looking good for all types of winter enthusiasts. On Monday, 5.3 inches of snow was officially recorded at the National Weather Service office near the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. That set a new record for Jan. 16, beating out the […]

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    Coldest temperatures in several years forecast for Southcentral Alaska

    by Rachael Penton on Jan 16, 11:27

    The forecast is calling for bitter cold temperatures across a majority of Alaska this week, including Anchorage. Monday will bring continued snow from Southcentral Alaska north to the central Interior. The snow will taper off from south to north Monday night into Tuesday. Once the skies begin to clear, temperatures are forecast to plummet. Many areas will […]

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    Another round of snow across Alaska: Winter weather advisories in effect

    by Melissa Frey on Jan 15, 21:14

    The next storm system to impact Southcentral, southeast and interior Alaska is moving into Prince William Sound Sunday night. Here’s how this storm will affect each region: Southcentral Snow showers started picking up Sunday evening and will continue to fall overnight through early afternoon on Monday. Most of the area is under a winter weather […]

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    Temps of 50 below possible in Interior; Anchorage to get snow in coming days

    by Rachael Penton on Jan 12, 12:32

    Snow returns to the forecast for Southcentral Alaska beginning Thursday night, while temperatures in the Interior are expected to drop substantially in the coming week thanks to approaching Arctic air. An area of low pressure will move into Prince William Sound, bringing areas of snow and rain to Southcentral and Southeast Alaska Friday and Saturday. Areas […]

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    State Emergency Operations Center ready when disaster strikes

    by Melissa Frey on Jan 11, 19:21

    When disaster strikes in Alaska, the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s (DHSEM) State Emergency Operations Center is ready to respond, as it did this week to western Alaska. Emergency management specialist Karl Edwards is ready to go when the call for help comes in. “I always, always, always have my passport,” Edwards said. […]

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    KTVA Weather Lab: Russian Jack Elementary School

    by Melissa Frey on Jan 10, 15:13

    In this week’s KTVA Weather Lab, I visited Russian Jack Elementary School, where the third-graders are learning all about how weather is made. I also answered the KTVA Weather Lab Question of the Week: How do you know if there’s going to be a rainbow? Next week I’ll answer a weather question from Ravenwood Elementary School. […]

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    Interior Alaska forecast calls for extreme cold

    by Associated Press on Jan 10, 6:47

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – Temperatures in Interior Alaska are forecast to drop to 40 degrees below zero starting next week. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the National Weather Service predicts a cold low-pressure air mass will move over the area in seven to 10 days. The agency’s Rick Thoman says the weather will be different […]

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    One home destroyed, 22 considered not safe after winter storm hits Savoonga

    by Melissa Frey on Jan 09, 19:15

    In western Alaska, people in Savoonga are rebuilding after a severe winter storm damaged several homes on New Year’s Eve. The mayor issued a local disaster declaration and is asking for state assistance. The storm brought in winds over 60 mph for several hours, including a peak gust of 81 mph. Those hurricane-force winds took a toll on […]

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    High winds in the forecast for southcentral, southeast Alaska

    by Rachael Penton on Jan 05, 11:47

    Strong winds are in the forecast for southcentral and southeast Alaska over the next couple of days. In Southcentral, northerly winds will begin increasing Thursday evening, peaking sometime Friday. A high wind warning goes into effect Thursday evening for Thompson Pass, Valdez and the Copper River Basin. North winds in these areas are expected to […]

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    Mayor of Savoonga requests state assistance after storm damages homes, buildings

    by Melissa Frey on Jan 04, 16:10

    State emergency mangers and the American Red Cross of Alaska are planning a trip to St. Lawrence Island to asses the damage from severe winter weather last week. While bangs from New Year’s Eve fireworks were heard across the world Saturday night, western Alaska residents heard the bangs of windows breaking and roofs being torn […]

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    Winter storm to bring blizzard conditions to parts of northwest Alaska

    by Rachael Penton on Jan 04, 11:25

    A winter storm is expected to bring blizzard conditions to some northwest Alaska communities Wednesday and Thursday. The strong area of low pressure will move into the Chukchi Sea this evening, before moving across the North Slope on Thursday. Wind gusts of 60 to 70 mph will be possible for areas along the Bering Strait and […]

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    Dense fog advisory grounds planes scheduled to take supplies, passengers to Alaska villages

    by Daniella Rivera on Jan 03, 22:30

    Heavy fog in Anchorage over the last few days has grounded flights scheduled to take people, food and supplies to villages in rural Alaska. While pilots are hoping to resume flying Wednesday, the forecast doesn’t look promising. Ben Wilkinson, a pilot and manager at Spernak Airways, said he has about 1,600 pounds of cargo and […]